In rural Virginia, mundane errands become inspiring events, just by looking up and out. We remember to look for beauty in our surroundings. But beauty is tempered by the other side. Drive to Walmart; navigate a gauntlet of ignorance and hostility; cross Interstate 81; see the red--violet mountains and let the evening light assure you that good exists. It is nature vs people, yin vs yang, black vs white, which exists everywhere simultaneously, that propel me to feel angst when I paint these scenes of beautiful nature.
I paint to express my feelings about the nature of our complex universe. I am baffled by the dichotomy of a world where beauty exists alongside detritus, and people are compelled by violence and compassion. I try communicate this through ironic landscapes.